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Warner Bros. and Casey Affleck Get Hands on ‘Boston Strangler’

Written by on December 5, 2012 

No matter how horrific the crimes may be, we can all find something to enjoy in a quality serial killer film. Those explicitly based on true events — and I think this is almost needless to say — can be a smidge dicier to sell someone, though. While a lot of careful steps must be taken, the central dilemma facing an artist, there, revolves around respect for the dead: how do you depict their own passing in a way that’s both interesting and “cinematic”? Moreover, can you make entertainment out of such events?

It’s a question that Warner Bros. and Casey Affleck will soon need to face, as Deadline report that the studio and star have struck a deal for the true-life drama Boston Strangler — which he, in addition to headlining, has sold as a pitch alongside scribe Chuck MacLean. The latter will be on script duties, having to shape a narrative around 13 unsolved stranglings in the Boston area from June of 1962 to January of 1964, a task which already has a solid outline to its benefit. Although Albert DeSalvo had confessed to committing such acts, many believe he had only been put in this position as part of a larger conspiracy, and that several had actually taken part in the killing of these women.

Boston Strangler will put that into focus by centering on a detective, likely to be played by Affleck, as he risks his “career and life in a race to bring down the most notorious sexual predator of the day, while battling a political cover-up by corrupt politicians and lawyers trying to save their careers.” A none-too-surprising comparison to Zodiac is present in the Deadline article, while another David Fincher-helmed serial killer film, Se7en, is also on their minds.

Although no start date has been set — nor have further creatives been attached — Langley Park are set to produce for Warner Bros.

Is this an interesting project for Affleck to take on? What do you think of this material as the basis of a story?

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